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CBD Oil for Dogs: What You Need to Know

CBD oil for dogs is one of the most prevalent pet health trends at the moment.  However, since major medical trails tracking the impact of CBD oil on dogs and other pets are still currently underway, the information that is currently available on the effectiveness and safety of incorporating CBD in a pet-care regime is yet to be fully established.

What do we know about the effects of CBD oil on pets?  

According to the findings of a small-scale study conducted at the Colorado State University and published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the use of CBD reduced the frequency of seizures in dogs that present with idiopathic epilepsy.

Although the sample size of the dogs enrolled in the study was comparatively low, Dr Stephanie McGrath, a neurologist at Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, said that the results were encouraging enough for her team to continue their research in the hopes that they may find a way of incorporating CBD as a treatment options alongside existing anticonvulsive drugs for pets in future.

So, these are the hard and fast stats based on actual academic testing that are available to us at the moment. However, there is a lot of anecdotal proof that suggests that CBD oil can make a big difference in the comfort and quality of life of dogs and other pets with conditions that cause pain or anxiety.

Why would CBD oil make a difference for my dog?

CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound derived from cannabis and hemp. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which has psychoactive properties, CBD does not produce a ‘high’.

The benefits of CBD are ascribed to the fact that this type of cannabinoid interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems of both humans and animals.

Although it is yet to be proven according to the strict guidelines of academic studies, the belief is that this interaction helps the bodies of humans and animals to achieve and maintain optimal homeostasis.

As such, it could be used in dogs and other pets to:

  • Control the effects of seizures
  • Lessen pain (especially the neuropathic kind)
  • Improve overall heart health
  • Address causes of nausea and stimulate appetite
  • Reduce anxiety

Certain pet owners also choose to use CBD to treat the symptoms of pets with cancer, but there is no conclusive evidence that it has a significant impact on addressing the disease as a whole.

Does CBD oil cause any side effects in animals?

Just like humans, every animal is different, so every pet is likely to have a unique response to a regular regime of CBD oil. The following side effects, along with a variety of others may present:

  • A decrease in the production as saliva that manifests as unusual thirst.
  • A temporary drop in blood pressure that may cause your pet to feel dizzy.
  • Unusual drowsiness due to the calming effects of CBD when used to treat anxiety.

With any medication or supplement there is always the risk that your pet may have an adverse reaction. As such, the best course of action is normally to start with small, regular amounts that allow you to track and monitor the effects thereof.

If you’re wondering about CBD dosages,  you can take a look at this online CBD dosage calculator for pets. However, it is always best to consult with your pet’s primary veterinarian instead of calculating dosages and administration schedules yourself.

Choosing CBD oil for pet use

There are a variety of CBD oil products for pets available on the market at the moment, as manufacturers ride the wave of less prohibitive legislation in this regard. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you shop online for CBD products for dogs and other pets:

  • Always choose the best quality possible. Organic CBD oil is more expensive because it is free from pesticides, fungicides, solvents, herbicides and heavy metals. However, the price is worth the quality and purity. Less expensive options could contain additives you are not aware of, so always opt for the best quality CBD oil possible.
  • Check the analysis of the contents closely. Support trusted manufacturers who are able to provide analysis certificates indicating how much CBD their products contain, and that it is indeed free of THC.
  • Liquids and oils make dosage tracking easier. Pet treats and chews with CBD can seem like a simple solution, but liquid and oils are a better option because it allows you to track the dosage more closely until you’ve established the effects of CBD on your pet.

To find out more about CBD oil for dogs, it is recommended that you approach your pet’s veterinarian in person. They know your animal, and will be able to offer tailored advice that pertains to their healthcare concerns in particular.

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